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When the Weather is not on your side…

April 28, 2010

(I shot this on a cold winter day sometime in Feb 2009 with a collapsible gold reflector.)

Kate is always a trooper, I think I have shot her in cold weather so many times, she must hate me by now.  One of the big things to worry about in location shooting is the weather.  Not just the temperature or the cloud cover can be issues.  The wind can be a big problem too especially if you try to use off camera lighting gear like umbrellas or softboxes.  But in this case, given that it was going to be freezing cold and windy, I decided we would skip the whole strobe lighting because it would take time to get to the right exposure and the wind would knock down the umbrellas.  I still wanted to play around with the lighting of the subject and a great tool that I bring everywhere is a collapsible reflector.  You can pick up one of these 5 in 1 reflectors real cheap on ebay.  It has a liner for gold, silver, white, black (act as a flag), and translucent (act as a scrim).  It’s like the swiss army knife of lighting gear.   I had Kate’s mother hold the reflector and redirect the available light where I needed to go without worrying about the wind.

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  1. April 28, 2010 9:18 AM

    I agree…you can plan something all day long and still have to worry about the weather cooperating. Wind is killer. Having someone there to hold gear is invaluable, as people are much harder for the wind to knock over that a tiny nano lightstand!

    Nice picture too!

    • April 28, 2010 10:04 AM

      Thanks PhotoGWC. Have you seen the video of Dave Hills with 3 assistants holding a 7 foot Octa in high winds? Now that is crazy stuff.

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